January 12, 2010
The International Thermal Spray Association (ITSA), Fairport Harbor, Ohio, and the ASM Thermal Spray Society (TSS), Mateirals Park, Ohio, have announced a cooperative effort to aggressively promote the adoption of thermal spray technology throughout industry.
"Right now, the turbine market stands alone in the depth and breadth of thermal spray applications, yet the technology has the potential to provide similar advantages to many other industries that have yet to effectively explore its potential," said ITSA President Daniel C. Hayden, president of Hayden Corp. and managing partner of Hayden Laser Services LLC.
"Thermal spray has significant potential for the oil and gas industry and chemical applications, and we are seeing increased global usage particularly in Asia. Together, our two organizations are better positioned to identify these opportunities and encourage thermal spray use," said TSS President Mitch Dorfman, Sulzer Metco (US) Inc.
Regular meetings are under way to explore how both organizations can support each other in event planning and outreach to designers to grow new markets and applications. TSS management also is soliciting ITSA representation regarding the society's first certification program, Certified Thermal Spray Operators (CTSO), to be launched this year.
Specific efforts, including joint seminars and educational resources, will be announced via each group's Web sites and trade publications.